Myth: Vegan diets lack Protein
Whilst meat is rich in the proteins that are essential for a healthy diet, it is hardly exclusive in that respect. Soymilk, Pulses and Oatmeal are all very high in protein and completely free of any animal produce. An adult needs around 55gs of protein a day to live a healthy life and a single cup of cooked lentils provides more than a third of that. Any lentil based stew is going to contain just as much protein as a meat dish and it’s easy to work a few other little bits in throughout the day. Many soy products are incredibly rich in it, and all it will take is a few slices in a sandwich to make sure that a healthy balance is maintained.
Myth: Not eating meat can be bad for your teeth
This is one that every London dentist seems to be eternally explaining to concerned yummy mummies and those looking to live a better life. It’s true that vegans are generally more susceptible to gum disease than meat eaters, but this is because of a lack of education in nutrition rather than any inherent problem. Many vegans don’t realise that they need to compensate for the lack of vitamin D. Many of the common sources of it are fish but there is a surprisingly high amount in dried shiitake mushrooms, which also have the benefit of being very very tasty!
Fact: Vegan food can still be delicious
Meat is not what makes a meal taste great. When people think of vegan food, they think of boring salads and bland vegetables. They don’t realise that being a vegan doesn’t mean simply eating things in a simple, overly natural way. Salads don’t have to be enjoyed undressed: in fact many have discovered the wonderful flavour that they can bring to rocket and lettuce with reductions of damson or blueberry. The robust flavours of meat are also still perfectly achievable with other things. For example, potatoes roasted with tomatoes and cumin seeds make a thoroughly enjoyable dish that achieves a really substantial flavour, whilst remaining totally suitable for vegans.
Fact: Vegan food isn’t inherently healthier
Whilst many meat products can be very unhealthy when consumed in large amounts, being a vegan doesn’t mean that one is suddenly living a nutritionally balanced life. As previously mentioned, there has to be a conscious effort to make sure that all the vitamins and nutrients normally found in meat are worked into the diet in different ways. More importantly, there are plenty of things in the world of an omnivore that are still unhealthy. Saturated vegetable oils for example, are still terrible for cholesterol and will cause serious cardiovascular issues if eaten in excess.
Anyone hoping to live on an alternative diet needs to make an effort to understand more than what is bad for them. Yes, avoiding all those horrible chemicals added to cows’ milk is fantastic but the lack of calcium in such a diet may very well lead to weaker bones and teeth. Every dentist in London and the much respected Harley Street will tell you that a good diet is a key part of keeping a healthy set of teeth. It’s important to understand what the body needs, as well as what should be avoided. It’s not difficult to work these things into a vegan diet, it’s just that many people don’t realise that they need them in the first place.
Veganism doesn’t have to Lack Protein